Robert Sutz is honored to have received two awards this year for his work to preserve the likenesses and stories of Holocaust Survivors. He is the 2014 recipient of the Shofar Zakhor Award presented by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association. He is also this year's recipient of the Beryl Morton Award presented by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Watch the speech he gave at the May 18th Beryl Morton award ceremony.
Robert Sutz and the We Remember project were honored to exhibit last year at the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. Take a tour with the artist here.
Mr. Sutz's highly successful 40-year career as a Commercial Artist has permitted him to enjoy high honors and recognition as a fine artist.
Born in 1929, in Chicago, Ill., he studied at the Chicago Academy of Art, Chicago Art Institute and the American Academy of Art.
After military service as an artist/photographer, Mr. Sutz began his commercial art career as an advertising and editorial illustrator. In 1958, he joined the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency in Chicago where he served as Art Director for more than 20 years while also pursuing a personal parallel career in fine art.
Robert Sutz executes his fine art in all mediums: oil, pen & ink, pastel, watercolors and life masks in polychrome plaster. Over the years and throughout the country his exhibitions have highlighted his varied artistic talents.
As a fine artist, Mr. Sutz is recognized in America and abroad for his sensitive portrayals of urban scenes. He has won praise for his portraits and life masks of prominent individuals.
Harry Porterfield, of the Chicago Daily Herald, describes Sutz as: "Someone you should know. His paintbrush speaks in a language learned over a lifetime in the city."
Evelyn Cooper, Arizona Republic: "Sutz's enviable ability to capture subtle nuances of human activity and interaction makes his art undeniably universal."
Claude LeSuer, New York Art Critic: "His everyday protrayals of these ordinary people are compared to Edward Hopper, but the solitude of his subjects implies dignity rather than alienation."
Sutz's studio is in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he continues to paint urban scenes and receives commissions for life masks and portraits.